Viola Davis strong: How the ‘Widows’ star put real muscle into her power drama role

Viola Davis is receiving rave reviews as Veronica Rawlins in “Widows,” a role that has put last year’s Oscar winner for best supporting actress right back in the awards discussion.

But there’s another force on display in Davis’ portrayal of a grieving widow compelled to finish her dead husband’s final heist.

She’s buff  in director Steve McQueen’s thriller.

Davis, 53, says that’s clear, even if “it’s hard to look at myself onscreen and comment on myself.”

“But I saw the buffness and that Steve McQueen was emphasizing it onscreen,” she says. “It’s great when women are seen as physically strong. There’s so much emphasis placed with women looking tiny and slim and petite – femininity is associated with all of those things. It’s nice when it’s associated with strong.”

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